Card Check: If By ‘Compromise’ You Mean EFCA, No Thanks

By May 4, 2009Labor Unions

A news release from the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, to which the National Association of Manufacturers belongs, “Card Check ‘Compromise’ Means Worker Rights at Compromised“:

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) today said that union efforts to trump up a so-called “compromise” on the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) will further violate worker rights and place an undue burden on small businesses. With growing bipartisan opposition to card check legislation, Big Labor and their allies are scrambling to cut a deal that keeps EFCA alive. The two most controversial EFCA compromise proposals involve instant elections and expanding union access to employees during the work day.

“There can be no compromise on eliminating the rights of workers to vote by private ballot in union organizing elections. CDW will oppose any federal legislation that deprives American workers of the ability to make a fully informed decision and exercise their right to vote in a secret ballot election without fear of intimidation or recrimination,” said Brian Worth, chairman of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace.

We hear from the Capitol Hill rumor mill that newly minted Democratic Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) is indeed pursuing a Employee Free Choice Act ‘lite,’ or some other pseudo-PR-compromise. One assumes the goal is to ensure labor support for his 2010 candidacy.

Good luck on that. The activist left is restive. From The Huffington Post, “Wanted: A Pennsylvania Ned Lamont to Defeat Arlen Specter in 2010 Democratic Primary”

And a Daily Kos diary, “An Opponent for Specter?  SEIU’s Stern meeting Sestak Tomorrow

UPDATE (Noon): The Daily Kos entry on Congressman Sestak’s potential Democratic primary challenge to Senator Specter is a good read. It reminds us that Rep. Sestak introduced an alternative to the Employee Free Choice Act prior to EFCA’s introduction, H.R. 1355, the National Labor Relations Modernization Act. That certainly didn’t please organized labor.

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